BBC and ITV ‘in bidding war’ for Bradley Walsh over who will sign next Bruce Forsyth

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Bradley Walsh has reportedly sparked a bidding war between the UK’s two biggest broadcasters as they battle to sign the next Bruce Forsyth.

The BBC and ITV are said to be in an intense battle to sign The Chase presenter, who both want him exclusively.

Bradley, 60, is reportedly stuck in the middle of the two network giants as they bid for the star.

A source told the Mail on Sunday : "There are some high up at the BBC who see him as the next Bruce Forsyth.

"Bradley is the man they want to present their Saturday night prime-time shows."

Bradley, 60, is reportedly stuck in the middle of the two network giants as they bid for the star
(Image: ITV)

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The telly personality and actor, who is rumoured to be worth around £11.5million, is reportedly enjoying being able to pick and choose what shows to appear on and is yet to sign a deal with either broadcaster.

"He is holding the cards," the source added. "He is a ratings winner, so can have the pick of whatever he wants.

"It has become a competition now: who can land Bradley?"

Bradley is currently one of telly’s most in demand faces, racking up over 27 hours of air time across all networks from December 20 to yesterday.

And his impressive air time stats are only set to get bigger as he was recently cast as Pop Larkin in ITV's The Darling Buds Of May.

He’s set to host a new series of Blankety Blank on the BBC following the success of the Christmas pilot
(Image: BBC/Thames/Matt Frost)

He will reprise the role, originally played by David Jason, later this year, while it’s also reported he’s set to host a new series of Blankety Blank on the BBC following the success of the Christmas pilot.

A man of many talents, Bradley started off as a professional footballer, playing for both Brentford and Barnet.

He then turned his hand to showbusiness, staring in Coronation Street and Law & Order: UK before launching his presenting career.

Bradley’s also seen success in the music industry, winning the best-selling debut by a British artist in 2016, beating One Direction's Zayn Malik.

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